Site Visits

Resilient Cities from the German perspective

Thursday, 27 June, 13:30 – 18:30

Discover innovative initiatives from Germany, while touring with experts during the site visits! Resilient Cities 2019 will offer five exciting site visits to present know-how and best practices in disaster risk management, Nature-Based Solutions, and protection of cultural and natural heritage from the German perspective.

The site visits are organized by our esteemed partners: The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance; The German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV); The Fire and Rescue Service of the Federal City of Bonn; and The City of Essen.

IMPORTANT: please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Click here to register. Should the place be not allocated to you, please be informed that there will be other sessions/side-events happening at the venue in parallel to the site visits. Check out the program overview here.

The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance

The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) looks forward to introducing some of its key tasks and topics during the ICLEI Resilient Cities 2019 Congress. After a welcome from BBK President Christoph Unger and a presentation of the BBK and the German system of civil protection delegates will visit four BBK divisions in turn. The key themes presented will be:

  1. Tasks of the German Joint Information and Situation Centre (GMLZ)
  2. Warning of the population
  3. Self-protection and self-help
  4. Structural civil protection

Organizer:
The BBK is the German national agency to protect the population in a state of emergency or conflict against natural and man-made disasters including war. Its specific tasks include warning of the population in major incidents and managing resources and information in the case of a national disaster. BBK’s experts develop strategies, conduct crisis management exercises, and raise awareness among the general public to enhance self- protection.

'North Route' Excursion (Beuel)
'North Route' Excursion (Beuel)

During our north route tour we will present examples of adaptation measures taken by the Bonn city administration as well as the population living in flood prone areas. Therefor, we will have a walk through Bonn Beuel. After our visit to the pump unit of the sewage plant we will walk to the newly established dykes. We will introduce the civil protection system of Germany and particularly highlight the importance of volunteers there.

Requirements:
Both tours will take approximately three hours and require no specific equipment or fitness. As we intend to walk outside, you might want to refill your water bottles and bring an umbrella.

Organizer:
The German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) is a national platform for disaster prevention in Germany that features a consolidated network of key stakeholders within the disaster reduction domain at the national, European and international level. The network’s interdisciplinary and multi‐sectoral character enables a broad and targeted dissemination of initiatives, knowledge and methodologies within the disaster risk reduction community. As such, the DKKV supported the development of international frameworks, as well as including members of governmental agencies, research institutes and organizations, humanitarian and development cooperation organizations and experts in disaster risk reduction.

The Bonn Fire and Rescue Service
The Bonn Fire and Rescue Service

The Fire and Rescue Service of the Federal City of Bonn offers Resilient Cities participants a site visit to the main Fire and Rescue Station No.1. This fire station is one of five full time fire stations scattered across the whole city which are responsible for fire protection, technical response, rescue service and disaster management. The visitors will get an insight of the fire and rescue service, their tasks and resources and will experience their vehicles.

Organizer:
The Fire and Rescue Service of the Federal City of Bonn is responsible for safety of the people and visitors of the City of Bonn. In addition to fire protection, technical response and the rescue service, the Fire Department of the City of Bonn is responsible for the safety on the river Rhine and disaster management. About 400 full-time employees are stationed on 5 fire and rescue stations scattered across the whole city. In addition, about 600 volunteer fire fighters provide their support at 18 volunteer fire stations.
The Fire and Rescue Service is alerted to nearly 40.000 incidents a year to extinguish fires, help people or animals in an emergency and protect people and environment from hazardous substances.

'South Route' Excursion (Mehlem)
'South Route' Excursion (Mehlem)

We will visit the flood risk area Bonn-Mehlem in our south route. Here, technical infrastructure and an early warning system were installed deal with flood hazards, to protect inhabitants and infrastructures in case of flooding due to heavy precipitation events. We will also discuss the historical development of the Rhine, historical floods in Bonn and city-scale flood management. Droughts, low water and the cascading effects and consequences will also be addressed.

Requirements:
Both tours will take approximately three hours and require no specific equipment or fitness. As we intend to walk outside, you might want to refill your water bottles and bring an umbrella.

Organizer:
The German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) is a national platform for disaster prevention in Germany that features a consolidated network of key stakeholders within the disaster reduction domain at the national, European and international level. The network’s interdisciplinary and multi‐sectoral character enables a broad and targeted dissemination of initiatives, knowledge and methodologies within the disaster risk reduction community. As such, the DKKV supported the development of international frameworks, as well as including members of governmental agencies, research institutes and organizations, humanitarian and development cooperation organizations and experts in disaster risk reduction.

The City of Essen
The City of Essen

Being Green Capital of Europe 2017, the city of Essen became a blueprint for the transformation of a city in the heart of the Ruhr metropolis. The times of industrialization with expansive coal mining and steel production have given face and significance to this region, and the Ruhr area has thus become home to over 5 million people today. In a landscape, that 200 years ago was home to wild horses and farmers, these driving forces have created a metropolitan region, which is today the third biggest agglomeration of central Europe. The Zollverein colliery was once the most productive coal mine in the world and Krupp‘s steelworks are still a symbol of German steel processing industry today. But global changes in production and goods management have initiated another wave of change in the Ruhr region as well, and caused a crisis in the core industries of the region. See how industrial legacies have been transformed to green and blue infrastructures supporting biodiversity, sustainable water management and quality of life for the neighborhoods.

Organizer:
With 594.000 inhabitants, Essen is one of Germany’s largest cities. With the long transition process from an industrial history to a science and service-based economy, Essen experienced several important transition strategies. After implementing University’s and transforming industrial legacy to places of culture and identity Essen and the Ruhr metropolis managed to become a livable and green region with today 2/3 of all employees working in administration, science and service economies. With the great visions of the International Building Exhibition “IBA Emscherpark” Essen and the entire Region managed to become a European Capital of Culture in 2010 and the Green Capital of Europe Essen 2017.

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